Music shop expanding to help bring community together with more music lessons

By Molly Kerridge

A music shop in Leicester is expanding its resources despite closures of other companies within the city.

Intasound, in Narborough Road, has announced that it will be expanding its business in order to accommodate more music lessons for people in the city.

Owner Alex Wright said the aim of the expansion was: “to give people, customers, more of a reason to come back to the store. You can’t expect people to come back because once they’ve got what they need they’re happy.

“To create a sense of community with our customers, and just to offer more than just selling stuff.”

The store has cleared what used to be storage rooms into new spaces for lessons to take place.

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One of the old storage rooms, transformed into a new learning space on the upper floors of the building.

After the sudden closure of Music Junkie in the city centre, Intasound is the last remaining music store in wider Leicester.

Alex continued: “The key thing at the moment, in this industry, as with all retail, is there’s no profit margin to be made on new products and big name brands.

“Sadly, the shop that closed down was selling top name brands, but there’s been a bit of a crisis in our industry at the moment where there’s been investigations by a price fixing agency.

“Shops and companies have not been able to tell you what to sell something for, so it’s been a case of people selling things online for less, so when it comes to matching prices, you do all of that to make no money, and actually cost you money to keep the lights on and pay staff.”

Despite a bleak atmosphere within the industry, Intasound is able to keep providing education and accessibility to music for the city of Leicester.

Alex concluded: “It’s one more place for people to come to have lessons, there’s only a few other places in Leicester.

“At least now, there’s a place where you know the people are going to be safe, because it’s a business.

“The teachers are all checked, and you know you’re going to be getting a good service from it. It’s a bit of reliability that comes with our name, and the fact we’ve been trading for 40 years.”

 

Pro wrestling promoter thrilled to train actors in Fighting With My Family

By Luke Norman

A Leicester wrestling promoter has found it a surreal but thrilling experience to train the actors and actresses starring in the new film Fighting With My Family that is now on cinema screens.

Wrestling promoter Gareth Harris has built his own Leicester-based company From the Ground Up Wrestling.

He has also helped to train the actors and actresses in the new wrestling feature film Fighting With My Family that focuses on the story of WWE superstar Paige and her family and is based on a documentary by the family that was shown on Channel 4.

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Harris runs his own wrestling company From the Ground Up Wrestling

Harris trains the majority of the wrestlers that appear on his show and most of them appear on every show that he runs.

He said: “I have loads of fantastic up and coming stars, most will be unknown to the wrestling scene, that’s my gain and their loss.”

Many fans of professional wrestling believe that in recent years the British scene has been revitalised thanks to companies like Progress wrestling and ICW and the recent interest by WWE in UK wrestling with the setup of their new UK brand NXTUK, plus ITV is now taking a re-interest in wrestling with the return of World of Sport wrestling.

Harris sees this a bit differently and while he is very happy for the fact that many opportunities are now open for wrestlers in the UK to get exposure and experience to improve their work, the British wrestling scene has always been good in the 17 years he has worked in it, for many promotions.

He said: “Promotions would sell out every time I worked for them, they would have houses of up to 2,000 and ran hundreds of dates a year, way more than any promotion does nowadays.”

Harris has now also ventured into the film industry as he helped to train the actors and actresses of the new film produced by Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson and put together the matches that were used in Fighting With My Family.

He said “It was a great experience, surreal to be a part of the film world, they all picked it up well. Nick Frost had it down in minutes, I think it helped that he was a wrestling fan.

“I think the film did a fantastic job of portraying the Knights [Paige’s family]. I was very happy with how the film turned out, it’s a funny film which has a great story and somehow manages to add in a lot of heart, and what you have is a truly unique film – there’s nothing else with this mix.”

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Harris with Fighting With My Family director Stephen Merchant

Harris and his company From the Ground Up Wrestling run events around Leicestershire that are intended to be enjoyed by the whole family, including on March 24 in Wigston, Elms on April 28 and Birstall on May 10.

For more information on upcoming FTGU wrestling events visit https://en-gb.facebook.com/FTGUWRESTLING/ and for the school of professional wrestling visit https://en-gb.facebook.com/GroundUpWrestling/

 

Then, Now and Forever talk explains how sporting memories can help mental health

By Luke Norman

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The ways in which sport is used to help inspire people who are struggling with mental and physical health issues were discussed at an event run by The Sporting Memories Network on Friday(MAR8).

The main message from the event was how important it is to keep memories of sport as they are something to draw happiness from, which can help with people’s mental health.

De Montfort University Professor Martin Polley and members of the Leicester City Community Trust presented a talk on the work of The Sporting Memories Network.

The talk was held in the Leicester Castle Business School and showed off a few examples of what is done at regular events.

“The main goal is to bring people together,” said Leicester City FC club historian John Hutchinson (the only club historian in the Premier League).

“It is a great social occasion for people to come along and listen to and meet with ex-players.”

One example of a social activity that was used is a game of spot the ball that used to be common in newspapers and magazines, where you get a number of chances to guess where the football is within an image.

The Leicester City Community Trust members also spoke on the work that they do within the community for people of all ages, including a programme called Inspire to help young people who are underachieving at school.

Speaking on the goals of the Sporting Memories Network Community Trust, member Matt Bray said: “We want to engage with people through sport and using sport as a vehicle to get people to share memories.”

Professor Polley added: “It’s a charity and social enterprise that uses reminisce therapy on a sport theme to help people who experiencing dementia, depression and isolation.”

The Then, Now and Forever Sporting Memories scheme is funded by the Premier League Charitable Fund along with the many other schemes that are run by Leicester City FC.

Another activity that was displayed at the event was pass the ball where each person talks about their greatest sporting memory, when they have a football in their hand.

To learn more about the Leicester City Community Trust click here. https://www.lcfc.com/communitytrust

And to learn more about the Sporting Memories Network click here.

https://www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com/